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Heartland draw thrills Eguma as Rivers Utd increase push for top three finish

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By Sab Osuji

Rivers United technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, is not hiding his excitement following the Pride of Rivers hard earned point at Naze Millionaires, Heartland, in a match day 25 fixture of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, Orient Sports reports. 

‘Zagallo’ and his charges came from behind twice to salvage a 2-2 draw at Dan Anyiam Stadium, thus, remaining unbeaten in four consecutive games. 

Eguma, a former National U23 Eagles assistant coach and CAF champions League assistant coach with Enyimba in 2004 poured encomium on his players for keeping their cool, shape and form although the pulsating fixture. 

“That was reason we were able to come back into it twice from behind”, starts Eguma, in a pleasant tone. 

“It was a very good game, even though we planned to get the three points here but we thank God for the one point we got.

“Heartland put up a very good effort and we commend them for that too.

“We knew it was going to be a very tough game considering the fact that the league has reached the crucial stage.

“Every point is very vital now so I wasn’t surprised the way it happened. 

“I commend my players for their effort, you know we fought.

“The second goal that came, my goalkeeper had an injury and if he had fallen and signaled to the referee, the referee would have been able to stop the game before that kick was taken.

“But it was a mistake on his part and I think it’s all part of the game”.

Eguma likened the thriller to a ‘local derby’.

“Heartland team is a good team but you know this is a local derby. 

“Games, at whatever level, involving Heartland and Rivers United is always a local derby and you would expect the best because some of the players that we paraded today (on Sunday) were had played for Heartland at one time or the other in the past.

“Similarly, you could also notice that some players that played in for Heartland in the game had previously featured for Rivers United.

“So the players know themselves inside out and it showed in the game. That’s why I said its a local derby.

“Every player will want to play against his former team so I think we enjoyed our performance today”, Eguma told Rivers United official website.

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